UNKNOWN POTTER, French
(active 1770s at Sèvres)

Ice-cream cooler

1778
Porcelain, height 24 cm
Wallace Collection, London

This piece is part of the very large and celebrated service commissioned from the Sèvres factory by the Empress Catherine II of Russia, delivered to St. Petersburg in 1779. It was distinguished by its classical shapes and decoration, on which the Empress had insisted.